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Drug Suspect Who Escaped Police Custody In Queens Arrested In Manhattan

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The  drug suspect who escaped custody and hit an officer with a stolen vehicle in Queens was arrested in Manhattan Tuesday, police said.

Around 7 p.m. Monday, Bryan McMenamin, 38, who had been arrested for selling drugs, somehow got away and jumped into a vehicle at 59th Street and Cooper Avenue in Glendale, police said.

McMenamin had been cuffed behind his back at the time of the incident, 1010 WINS’ John Montone reported.

A narcotics officer who tried to jump in front of the car to prevent McMenamin from getting away was injured in the leg, police said. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The vehicle was later found around Myrtle Avenue and Decatur Street, CBS 2’s Diane Macedo reported.

The escape rattled neighbors in the area.

“I never, ever hear anything like this before,” Andy Elamin told Macedo.

“We heard helicopters and my daughter looked out the window and said ‘Mom, that’s the police, they’re looking for someone,'” said Liduvina Santos. “That really concerns me, because I have children, I have grandchildren. This is a nice, quiet neighborhood. To think that someone so close to my home is on the loose and probably dangerous, is he armed, we don’t know, it frightens me.”

“He’s a good guy, I don’t know, he might’ve gotten caught up in something bad. I just hope he’s all right,” a man who said he was a friend of McMenamin, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Macedo. “I know one thing – he ain’t violent.”

McMenamin was previously arrested on arson, menacing and robbery charges, Macedo reported.

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